Mike Olivieri

Co-Owner

Mike Olivieri is co-owner of Velocity Sports. In addition, he is the President of Olivieri Contracting, Inc., a general contracting company he started in 2006 that specializes in retail and restaurant facility maintenance and remodels. Mike has worked with several clients across 29 states including Red Robin, Carter’s and OshKosh, Bravo, Giant Eagle, and Red Lobster.

When he is not working, he spends a lot of time with his two boys, Mikey and Joey. Due to their interest in sports, especially baseball, Mike has been a youth coach for several Jackson teams. He began coaching his oldest son at age six when he started playing T-ball, and continues to coach him today as Mikey pitches for one of Jackson’s travel teams. He has been an assistant coach for all of Joey’s youth baseball teams as well. He will continue to coach Joey as he makes his way into travel baseball as a middle infielder. In order to foster their love of the game, Mike has taken an active role as a parent and a coach; and he loves every minute of it.

Mike and his wife Amy live in Jackson Township with both of their boys and can usually be found on the baseball diamond from March through October. Most recently, you can find them at Velocity Sports with their boys.

Mike Grady

Co-Owner, Pitching Coach

Mike Grady has 15 years of experience teaching, coaching, and training pitchers. He currently works with over 100 pitchers of all ages each year through private and group classes and elite training classes for high school juniors and seniors.

Grady served as the pitching coach for the Malone University Pioneers from 2005-2009, during which time Malone’s hurlers experienced plenty of success, helping the squad break the school record for wins three times during Grady’s five years on the coaching staff.  The 2009 pitching staff ended the season with a team ERA of 3.07, which ranked #1 in the country in NAIA. Grady’s pitchers also set team records for shutouts (11) and saves in a season (18). In 5 years as pitching coach, his teams ranked first in the American Mideast Conference in ERA 3 times.

In the summer of 2010 and 2011, Grady served as the pitching coach for the Stark County Terriers of the Great Lakes Collegiate Baseball League. During this time, he coached 5 pitchers that went on to play professional baseball.

Grady played high school baseball at North Canton Hoover where he was a two-time All-Federal League pitcher.  After graduating in 2000, Grady played college baseball at NCAA Division III power Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a four-year letterman and was part of two NCAC Championships in 2001 and 2003.

In 2005, Grady played professionally for the Washington Wild Things under John Massarelli, who also currently serves on the Pioneer coaching staff.  As a relief pitcher, Grady posted a 3-2 record with two saves and a 3.67 earned run average in 26 appearances.

He currently resides in North Canton with his wife, Lesley, and their son, Michael, and daughter, Audrey.  In addition to his coaching duties, Grady also serves as a Business Management teacher at Hoover High School.

Troy Richeson

Batting Coach

Troy Richeson has 8 years experience coaching and training hitters and fielders.  Troy was the hitting coach for the Minerva Lions baseball team from 2008 – 2014.  As hitting coach, Troy coached multiple athletes that have gone on to play at the college level.

Troy played high school baseball for Minerva, where he was a first and second-team all NBC player.  He was inducted into the Minerva Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.  After graduating in 2004, he went on to play baseball for Malone University where he was a four-year letter winner and part of their NCCAA National Championship in 2006 and an American Mideast Conference Championship (AMC) in 2008.  At the time of his graduation, he was the career hit leader with 210.  He also was awarded first team all AMC player honors.

Troy is currently providing lessons at Velocity Sports in North Canton, Ohio.

He currently lives in Canton with his wife, Kellyn, and three sons, Clayton, Carson and Caleb.  He is also a 7th-grade math teacher at Minerva Middle School.

Jon Pusateri

Pitching Coach

Jon Pusateri is from from Randolph, Ohio. He went to Waterloo High School. As a three year varsity player was named an all-county player every year. His senior year he went 6-3, with 77 strikeouts and was named Waterloo’s MVP in 2010 after leading them to a district title. In his career at Waterloo he struck out 185 batters and was a standout in the classroom, totaling 11 academic-athlete awards, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society. After high school, Jon earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Akron. His freshman year he quickly worked his way into the starting rotation working to a 3-3 record with a 4.19 ERA. Sophomore year ended quickly due to a torn UCL. Jon underwent reconstructive surgery (Tommy John) performed by Dr. James Andrews. He returned to the mound his senior year and became the teams #1 starter with a record of 4-5 with a 2.58 ERA striking out 72 batters. After college, Jon signed a professional contract Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League. In 35 games in relief, he finished the seasons with a 3.15 ERA and 58 strikeouts. Jon was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award for the Gateway Grizzlies Organization.

Tabitha Murray

Softball Instructor (Hitting and Pitching)

Tabitha is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University where she excelled on the diamond as both a pitcher and a hitter. While at Balwin Wallace, Tabitha was named to the All-OAC team three times, including in 2014 when she hit .443 with 5 home runs and 23 RBI’s.  In addition, Tabitha holds a NCAA record of being the only pitcher to throw back to back perfect games, in the same day!

Tabitha graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. In addition, she has a minor in athletic coaching.

Darren Ware

Baseball Instructor (Pitching and Hitting)

Coach Ware has 21 years of coaching experience, 14 of those years he has spent at the varsity level. Ware spent 6 seasons coaching in the North Canton Program. He also held coaching jobs at Jackson, Malvern and GlenOak. Ware helped dozens of players get to the next level and play college baseball. Ware also has been an instructor of pitching, hitting, and fielding for the last 21 years.

Ware is 1991 graduate of Holy Name High School where he pitched and played the infield. Ware received All Ohio Honors his senior year (1991), was selected Plain Dealer Pitcher of the Year as well as named to North Coast League First Team. Ware continued his playing career at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FL under the legendary coach Bill Frazier. Ware then finished his college career at Walsh University playing for long time and current coach Tim Mead.  After a successful college playing career, Ware graduated from Walsh University in 1997 with a Bachelor Degree in Education.

As a coach, Ware has had several 20 win seasons and gives all the credit to his players who put in the work to become a better player, teammate, and person. His motto is simply “WORK WINS”.

Ware currently resides in North Canton with his wife, Molly, and their two children Brody and Tanner. In addition to becoming a new member of Velocity Sports, Ware also teaches Science at Malvern Middle School in the Brown Local School District.

Bob Suitca

Strength Coach

Bob Suitca is a graduate of Malone University where he played baseball for 3 years.  He also played his Freshman year at Cleveland State University where tallied 11 HR and 52 RBI in his only season. Suitca was voted to the ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association) All-Midwest Region Second Team and the GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) First Team in 2013 after leading the conference with an impressive .419 batting average.  That season, he also paced the Pioneers in hits (67), doubles (11), home runs (2), RBI’s (34), slugging percentage (.538) and on-base percentage (.500).  In a very successful Malone career Bob posted career totals of a .372 BA .450 OBP 35 2b 12 hr and 108 rbi’s in 3 seasons.

As a strength coach, Bob is a TPI certified instructor and an EXOS Performance Specialist. Bob leads the strength workouts for the VIP and Dynamic pitching training programs at Velocity Sports.

Jake Tisevich

Baseball Instructor (Hitting)

Jake Tisevich was an Outfielder/DH at Southern Arkansas University where he graduated last May with a bachelor of science degree. He also played OF/1B/SS during his time playing in the Valley Baseball League in Virginia, where he was named signs USA player of the week and landed himself a spot on the North all-star team. Jake has been trained by names like Bobby Tewksbury, and Craig Perry (former Dallas Baptist University and Arkansas coach and current hitting coach at Abilene Christian University). 

Jake is now a student at the University of Mount Union where he is pursuing a master’s degree to become a physician assistant. He aspires to be a sports medicine PA after graduating.

Evan Agona

Baseball Instructor and Head Coach of Cuyahoga Community College Baseball

Agona is in his 6th season as Head Baseball Coach at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and 15th overall at the collegiate level. Over the past five years, he has quickly turned the program from a relatively unknown to a perennial regional contender. In his five seasons Agona has led the Triceratops to an overall 206-77-1 (.725) record. 

During his tenure, 24 players have been honored as All-Conference Selections, 8 as All-Region Selections, and 7 All-American Selections. Furthermore, he has helped place over 60 players that have moved on to attend 4-year programs over the past four seasons, and two have moved on to play professionally including Brock Begue who was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 11th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft.

Agona came to Tri-C after spending 5 years as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Mount Union. During his time at Mount Union, the program achieved unprecedented success; highlighted by a program first conference championship and NCAA Regional Tournament appearance in 2013. He began his coaching career at Thiel College (PA) where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2004-2007. He served the 2007-08 season as the Head Coach at conference foe Mercyhurst North East (PA) and was the head coach at Slippery Rock Area High School (PA) in 2009.

Agona was a four-year letter winner, and part of two North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championship teams at The College of Wooster where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business economics in 2004. He earned a master’s degree in sport management from Slippery Rock University (PA) in 2008.

In addition to his coaching role, Agona also serves as an adjunct professor on campus. Additionally, he owns his own business Agona Baseball Camps, LLC where he conducts showcases, camps, lessons, and tournaments. Agona currently resides in Canal Fulton, with his wife Mary Kate and their children Aubree (7) and Easton (3).

Macy Cook

Softball Instructor-Hitting, Pitching, and Catching

Macy is an experienced fastpitch hitting, catching, and pitching coach where she uses a combination of her 20 years of playing experience and 3 years of coaching experience to develop players of all ages. Macy is a former Division I softball player from the University of South Florida where she was coached and mentored by Ken Eriksen, head coach of the USA Olympic Softball Team. During Macy’s college career she earned several awards including AAC Defensive Player of the Year, All Tournament Team, 5x Player of the Week, and First Team all Horizon League. In addition, Macy started every game her senior year behind the plate  where she did not make a single error all season, maintained a .274 batting average, and led her team in RBI’s with 42